I just bought an 01 harman stoker and trying to decide if I need to change the gaskets.
I have it runing into a cinder block/clay chimney and figured before trying it with coal I would throw some paper in and see if I have any leaks. Yes I have some smoke coming out from the tile close-out panel in the bottom door and I think also the glass.
Is this a good way to tell if I need new gaskets, or once the coal starts going, the natural draft will improve. When I started it up before I bought it, it was in the guys driveway with no chimney and once the coal started really burning I did not see any smoke. Although gases could have been leaking out without me knowing.
Wood stoves sometimes have gaps in the glass area. How is the stoker any different.
My pellet stove is about as old and I have not even thought about having to put new gaskets in it.
Generally speaking, what is the lifespan of gaskets on a stove that runs all winter?
Thanks for any advice